World Affairs Council

Program Officer, Community Programs

If you’ve got a passion for continuous learning on global issues and want to be part of a small organization that is mission-focused and active in the community, we’re hiring. The World Affairs Council, celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2021, has an opening for a program officer in Community Programs to create and deliver discussions on international themes for our members and the wider public.

We’re looking for a detail-oriented team member who will successfully plan, promote, and execute multiple virtual events each month while preparing for a return to in-person programming when conditions permit. You’ll report directly to the President and CEO, supporting her in her varied roles at events and will work to create strong relationships with Council members, attendees, and community partners.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Affairs Council’s operations are entirely remote. We’re planning on returning to the office in September but when we’ll return to in-person programming remains unclear, so you’ve got to be okay with some ambiguity and be nimble as we create a “new normal” for our work.

At the World Affairs Council, you’ll be part of a small team that consistently delivers outstanding results—and while everyone has clear responsibilities and roles, everyone also pitches in when needed, whether on programs or to sustain the work of the Council overall.


Program Development – crafting conversations on global issues

  • Develop topics and speaker suggestions for all Community Programs (CP) and Fellows events.
  • Manage outside requests for events and shape these events to best suit the goals of the Council.

Program Management – assuring lively and relevant conversations

  • In cooperation with the CP team, oversee Zoom coordination, equipment needs, venue (when in-person) and all other logistics related to successful CP events.
  • Prepare recommended readings and notes to distribute to the Fellows cohort before and after each meeting. (More information on the Fellows program available here.)
  • Maintain internal and external events calendars (WordPress) and work with colleagues to ensure all events are appropriately staffed.
  • Support senior staff by providing moderator preparation as needed as well as a detailed run-of-show and attendee list.
  • Manage post-event wrap-up and evaluation.

External Relations – expanding our brand

  • Prepare marketing and outreach plans for each event through email (MailChimp) and social media (Facebook, Twitter).
  • Prepare occasional small grant requests for sponsored events.
  • Represent the World Affairs Council at meetings with stakeholders and vendors as required.
  • Assist senior staff and External Relations team in larger efforts to extend Council platform and increase membership base.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Consistently utilize Salesforce CRM, ensuring all event information is up-to-date and important relationships are tracked.
  • Hire and supervise interns and ensure they have access to meaningful projects and professional development opportunities.

What we’re looking for:

  • You know the world: Bachelor’s degree in international relations or related field and ongoing interest in current events. Equivalent experience considered in place of formal education. Excellent research and writing skills will be important.
  • The mission matters: 3-5 years of relevant mission-driven work. Additional education may substitute for experience and we’ll consider making an entry-level (program coordinator) hire for a motivated and compelling candidate with less experience.
  • A planner: you’ve put on or helped put on events large and small.
  • Social media savvy: you don’t have to be a social media maven but should know how to spread the word about our events.
  • Independent and agile: you’ve got to be comfortable with minimal oversight but keeping open communication and knowing when to ask questions. While you’ll have a lot of independence, you’ll have a team with a long tenure to help guide you when needed.
  • Getting it right matters: extraordinary attention to detail with the ability to handle competing deadlines and tasks.
  • Unflappable: things go wrong. You’ll figure out how to fix it.

What you might be looking for:

  • An organization that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We’re on a journey.
  • A small staff that is focused on the mission and on creating a supportive place to work. We laugh a lot, even at corny jokes.
  • Great perks: medical, dental, and vision insurance; life insurance; short- and long-term disability coverage; and generous paid time off, including floating holidays so you can celebrate what’s important to you and volunteer time off.
  • Never the same day twice: from visiting heads of state to giving new voices a platform, you’ll constantly be learning.
  • Trust – we’re not into micromanaging. You get autonomy to manage your time and pull of successful programs.
  • A place that celebrates your successes and recognizes your contributions and value to the organization.


Salary will depend on experience and will initially start in the upper 30’s.


We bring the world to Seattle; we want you to bring your world to work with us. The World Affairs Council is committed to building a more inclusive organization, one that not only celebrates the diversity of the global cultures and traditions of our staff, board, members, international visitors, and the community, but also acknowledges the histories, lived experiences, and systems that impact the people and communities we serve, past and present. The World Affairs Council is an equal opportunity employer; we do not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law. If you share our values and want to help shape our work going forward, we’d love to hear from you.

How to Apply

Apply online by clicking “Apply for this position” below. Please include a thoughtful cover letter telling us why you think you’re right for us and why we’re right for you. Unfortunately, incomplete applications will not be considered so please be sure to include everything in your application. This position will remain open until filled – but we’d love to have you start as soon as possible.

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